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Q: What is Cryotherapy?
A: Cryotherapy uses concentrated nitrogen vapor to expose the body to extreme cold (-220 to -255 degrees Fahrenheit) to stimulate the body’s natural responses. These responses alleviate chronic pain, improve mood, combat inflammation, and promote faster muscle recovery. While cryotherapy may be new to you, it is an established regimen that has been used for decades in Europe and Japan. Cryotherapy is quick, easy, invigorating, and non-toxic. For more information on our services, click here!
Q: Who developed this technology?
A: Whole body cryotherapy was originally developed in Japan in 1978 for the treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis. The benefits have been studied and refined in Europe since that time.
Q: When was whole body cryotherapy developed?
A: Whole body cryotherapy has been used in Japan and Europe for more than three decades. Multiple research studies have been published in medical journals about the effects of whole body cryotherapy, and in many European countries the treatment is covered by medical insurance policies.
Q: How does cryotherapy work?
A: The cryosauna circulates concentrated nitrogen gas to lower the surface temperature of the body’s skin by 30-50 degrees Fahrenheit over a period or 2-3 minutes. The skin reacts to the cold and sends messages to the brain to stimulate certain regulatory functions of the body.
Q: Is nitrogen dangerous to human beings?
A: No. Nitrogen is a non-toxic gas. The air that we breathe is made up of 78% nitrogen, 21% oxygen, and 1% other gases.
Q: How long does a treatment last?
A: Each session lasts a short 2 to 3 minutes.
Q: Is it comfortable?
A: Before entering the cryosauna, clients are required to dress in cotton socks, undergarments and gloves. The cold air is dry and very tolerable. You may experience a pin-like poking experience towards the end of the treatment. This is quite normal and will dissipate quickly after the treatment.
Q: What can I expect to feel like after the treatment?
A: During and shortly after each cryotherapy session, the body releases endorphins that can improve mood and boost energy.
Q: How many treatments should I do?
A: For whole body cryotherapy, we recommend 3-4 treatments per week for the first month and then 1-2 treatments per week ongoing. For local cryotherapy and cryofacials, the frequency of treatments is individual and we will consult with you to set up a program.
Q: I am claustrophobic. May I use WBC?
A: Yes. Please note that the Cryosauna door is never locked and you are able to exit the chamber at any time. Also, the chamber is open at the top and your head is raised above the upper rim of the chamber at all times.
Q: Do I have to shower before or after a session?
A: No. This procedure is absolutely dry and does not make your skin wet.
Q: Who should not use whole body cryotherapy?
A: The following conditions are contraindications to whole body cryotherapy:
- Severe Hypertension (BP > 180/100)
- Acute or Recent Myocardial Infarction
- Unstable Angina Pectoris
- Symptomatic Cardiovascular Disease
- Cardiac Pacemaker
- Peripheral Arterial Occlusive Disease
- Venous Thrombosis
- Acute or Recent Cerebrovascular Accident
- Uncontrolled Seizures
- Raynaud’s Syndrome
- Tumor Disease
- Symptomatic Lung Disorders
- Bleeding Disorders
- Severe Anemia
- Cold Allergy
- Age less than 18 years (parent consent to treatment required)
- Acute Kidney and Urinary Tract Diseases
Q: What are the risks of whole body cryotherapy?
A: Overall, whole body cryotherapy is well tolerated and there are very few negative side effects reported. During the treatment, you may experience some blood pressure fluctuation. Blood pressure should normalize after the procedure as the body regulates circulation. In rare instances, some people have reported an allergic reaction to the extreme cold temperature.